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Open Document Repository

A Network of distributed document storage server built upon IPFS and Blockchain.


Imagine you have a world-wide organisation. All the documents that this organisation creates should be stored in a save and distributed way. All changes on one part of the world should be instantenously mirrored to all other parts of the world. All changes should be tracked and authentic. Documents should be stored with many copies in the network so that they are kept save (LOCKSS).

This is the idea behind this project.

How does it work?

All documents and the metadata get saved on IPFS ( All links to the metadata and to the documents are encrypted and saved to a blockchain. All nodes track the blockchain and retrieve all new documents and metadata from IPFS.

If one node goes down, there are plenty of copies in the network. A new node just needs to read the blockchain and retrieve all published data to be quickly up to date again.


  • Python 3
  • running IPFS Daemon
  • running Dogecoin core
  • bottle
  • ipfs-api
  • libnacl >= 1.5.0


For tests and developent, the system can be run from the terminal with 'python'. For deployment we use apache2 as wsgi server. See for an example.


Make sure you have a local IPFS daemon setup and running that can be reached by the wsgi process, or if you run it in development, by the user that runs the development. You also need a local dogecoin core daemon setup and running.

Known Issues

  • For some transactions, dogecoin core reports an "Internal Server Error". No idea what is happening there.
  • Especially on MacOS X libnacl fails to find libsodium. An alternative is to just install it in the same directory where is situated.

Please see also the FAQ in the doc folder.


 Copyright (C) 2017 Ingo R. Keck for Kubrik Engineering / Open Knowledge Ireland

 This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
 it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as
 published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the
 License, or (at your option) any later version.

 This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

 You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License
 along with this program.  If not, see
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